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100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field

It’s Wrigley Field Day in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn issued the designation Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs’ ballpark celebrates its 100th anniversary. The storied ballpark that opened as Weeghman Park on April 23, 1914 has hosted millions of fans over the years. In a statement, Quinn says “Wrigley Field is not just an Illinois landmark, it’s a national treasure.” The Cubs are holding a series of events this season to mark the anniversary. Continue Reading

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Picketer Upset with Klein Center

If you drove by the Great River Medical Center today you probably saw a man with a couple picket signs. Paul Ganakes is upset with the Klein Center where his mother is currently staying. His picket signs featured pictures of the 93-year-old woman with black eyes and scratches on her face. Ganakes says this is the second time she’s fallen, and this time no one was around to help her…. We contacted CEO Mark Richardson about the situation. Continue Reading

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Parent Upset that WB Allows Teacher to Coach Football for West Central

It’s not too often someone speaks up during the public comments portion at the West Burlington School Board Meetings, but last night one parent expressed a couple concerns. Michelle Murphy first spoke about how she felt it wasn’t right for former head football coach Jeff Housel to keep teaching at West Burlington and coach football for another school… Housel will continue to serve as West Burlington’s Athletic Director but has recently been hired to coach football for West Central High School. Murphy also expressed concern about open enrollment and wants to know if the school plans to hire more teachers to keep up with their increased enrollment… Superintendent Dave Schmitt suggested she make an appointment with him so they can discuss the issues one-on-one. Continue Reading

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Another Invasive Insect Heading to Iowa

While Iowans are seeing the first ash trees cut down to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, yet another invading insect is causing a stir as it could threaten our walnut trees. Robin Pruisner, an entomologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says the pest called the walnut twig beetle is being found in nearby states, but it hasn’t been found in Iowa — yet. “Research is ongoing on how to protect walnut trees,” Pruisner says. “We just don’t have a lot of answers. This is even newer than the emerald ash borer at this point in time.” Continue Reading

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FM Man Could Serve 10 Years in Prison for Weed

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Ft. Madison man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, and they are NOT meth-related. 33-year old Robert Gram (of 2314 Avenue I) was apprehended late last week at his home and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver within 1,000 Feet of a School and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If he’s convicted of both counts, Gram could go to prison for more than 10 years. Continue Reading

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Burn Ban Remains in Effect for Des Moines Co. This Week

Due to the number of fires over the weekend, Des Moines County will remain under a burn ban until further notice. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says that the amount of rain we are suppose to get today, won’t be enough. Hardin says the burn ban will remain in effect for at least another week and they’ll discuss what to do after the rain we are suppose to get Thursday. Lee County will also remain under a burn ban, with the exception of recreational fires within city limits. Continue Reading

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Three Morning Mediapolis Burglaries

For a short time, the burglaries had stopped in Mediapolis, but according to the daily activity log on the Burlington Police Department website, three burglaries were reported in Mediapolis early yesterday morning. One was a home burglary at 1214 Middle Street, and the other two were car burglaries. One took place at 803 Main Street and the other at 1111 Pine Street. All three occurred within an hour. Continue Reading

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Four Egg Hunts for Kids with Disabilities at Community Field

Easter is almost here, and with that, brings a number of Easter egg hunting opportunities for kids. For some children though, specifically those with disabilities, hunting for eggs may be a challenge. At Community Field in Burlington this Saturday, there’s a one of a kind opportunity for those individuals. Pastor of Journey Church and Organizer of the “Special Egg Stravaganza” Joe Chancellor, says there will be 4 different egg hunts…. There will also be a regular hunt and a magnetized hunt. Continue Reading

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Task Force Commander Explains Lee Co. Meth Issue

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force has been extremely busy lately busting people for drugs. We asked Task Force Commander Stacy Weber why there’s so much meth, in particular, in Lee County…..  

Weber says many tips come from others who have been using and were arrested but a few others come from the public. Weber says his agents put the criminals in jail as quickly as they can, but the nature of addiction is such, that many of the users serve their time, get out and do it again. If you’d like to report meth use, you may call Weber at 319-376-1084. Continue Reading

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SCC Announces Graduation Totals and Dates

Southeastern Community College has released its graduation numbers for next month. As of right now, there are 490 eligible graduates at the West Burlington Campus, which is down 66 students from 2013. 195 are eligible to graduate at the Keokuk campus and 214 for GED. SCC’s Graduation Day for West Burlington is May 15th at 7pm at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium. Keokuk graduates will have their ceremony the day before, which is May 14th at 7pm at the Grand Theater. Continue Reading